Anderson's time of 50.09 -- despite clipping a hurdle -- placed him second among the six other hurdlers in his heat, and only .02 behind the winner.
As one of three qualifiers from the heat, Anderson advanced to the semifinal round on Friday, where he will be facing a much more competitive group. He will be competing in one of two heats that decides which eight hurdlers advance to the finals on Sunday.
At Washington State from 2007-10, Anderson won the 400 meter event at four consecutive Pac-10 championships, and also claimed three NCAA titles. He was awarded All-American honors all four years of his WSU career. Anderson was also a wide receiver for the Cougs during his freshman and sophomore years (plus the first two games his junior season) before putting all of his focus into track.
Anderson is looking to erase memories of the 2012 Olympic trials where he was battling a hamstring injury that occurred just a couple months before the trials. The injury prevented him from making it past the semifinal round and claiming a spot on the Olympic team. With another chance at making the team this year, Anderson looks to be off to a great start.
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C.J. Allen, a junior at Washington State, clocked a 51.75 in the 400 meter hurdles on Thursday and did not qualify for the semis.